The annual pre-game press conference kicked off with Brant Ringler, Executive Director of the Armed Forces Bowl, covering the generals of game day, and reminiscing about the great event this bowl game has become.
Friday’s 10th annual Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Kickoff Luncheon had all the elements of famed guest speaker Joe Theismann, weekend football celebrations, NFF College Hall of Fame players, and eargerness for kickoff at the BHAFB’s historic contest Saturday at 10:45 a.m. (CST) between Air Force and Rice at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium.
Offensive opportunities could be limited in Saturday's Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, so Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue is determined to make the most of every possession.
Camaraderie is the name of the game.
Air Force Academy cadets entered in the luncheon room and gathered for a
very special event. Veterans, wounded warriors, current enlisted as well as
family of all of the afore stated all joined together to listen to Joe Theismann
speak about what this game is all about.
Above all else, Brant Ringler views the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl as a tribute to those who make it possible for us to even enjoy sporting events.
Junior quarterback Taylor McHargue
(on playing Air Force) “You know what you’re going to get against them. You’re going to get four quarters of effort. This is not the kind of team where any lead is safe, and it’s also not the type of team that if they get up quick, that they’re going to easily relinquish the lead. So we know we have to come ready to play right away. We’ve had a few games this year where we’ve started slow. We have to make sure that doesn’t happen this time.”
Nick DiJulio, Defensive Lineman, 6-4, 240, Sr., Overland Park, Kan.
How did you decide to attend the Academy vs. other offers you had as you finished high school?
“It was really about coach Calhoun. He came to my high school, we talked, he’s a great guy and a guy you would want to play football for. I am very happy I made the choice to attend the Academy. It has been a great experience, one I would never trade for anything.”